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India: Nearly 40,000 Killed in Kashmir Violence

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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India says that nearly 40,000 people have been killed in the separatist insurgency gripping Indian-controlled Kashmir. The Home Affairs Ministry says some 13,000 civilians and 5,000 security forces personnel were killed in terrorist violence in Jammu and Kashmir during the period from 1990 to April 2011. The ministry says more than 21,000 militants were also […]

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Afghan President Says Election Commission Will Resolve Poll Dispute

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai has issued a decree giving the country’s Independent Election Commission the final say in election results. The decision Wednesday is the latest attempt to resolve an impasse that has gripped the Afghan parliament since its inauguration in January. A special Afghan court set up by Mr. Karzai disqualified 62 lawmakers – […]

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US Sells 10-year Bonds at Record Low Rate

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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For the second day in a row, the United States has been able to sell government bonds at an all-time low interest rate, even after its top credit rating was downgraded. The U.S. auctioned $24 billion in 10-year securities on Wednesday at a record low 2.14 percent interest rate, after selling three-year bonds at an […]

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Rights Group Urges Indian Probe into Land Protest Deaths

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International is calling for a fair and thorough government probe into the deaths of three people during a protest by farmers in western India. The three were killed Tuesday when police opened fire on some 500 farmers demonstrating against the acquisition of land for a water pipeline project in Maharashtra state. Witnesses say police […]

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US Lawmakers Announce Budget Committee Choices

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have named nine of the 12 members of a committee that will be expected to find up to $1.5 trillion in savings to further reduce the nation’s deficit. White House spokesman Jay Carney Wednesday said President Barack Obama expects the members to take their work seriously. […]

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Iran, Libya Condemn British Crackdown, South Africa Issues Travel Warning

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Iran and Libya are chastising Britain about its handling of ongoing riots that have swept through London and other major British cities. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Wednesday condemned what he called Britain’s “savage” treatment of peaceful protesters. He also told reporters in Tehran the British government needs to listen to the demands of the people […]

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China Orders Halt to New Rail Projects as Wreck Probe Continues

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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(adding dropped word “from” in last sentence of graf 2. No other changes) China has ordered a halt to new railway projects and further speed reductions on existing bullet trains, as it struggles to reassure the Chinese public in the aftermath of a deadly wreck last month. The official Xinhua news agency announced the moves […]

Global Markets Drop Again After Rebound

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 2:23 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stocks fell as much as 3 percent Wednesday and European stock markets dropped even further because of concerns about weak U.S. economic growth and growing worries about Europe’s debt problems. Asian stocks closed earlier Wednesday with gains. The decline in Europe and the United States ended a strong stock rally that began Tuesday after […]

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China Orders Halt to New Rail Projects as Wreck Probe Continues

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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China has ordered a halt to new railway projects and further speed reductions on existing bullet trains, as it struggles to reassure the Chinese public in the aftermath of a deadly wreck last month. The official Xinhua news agency announced the moves Wednesday, along with design and quality reviews triggered by the July 23 crash […]

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US Lawmakers Announce Budget Committee Choices

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have named nine of the 12 members of a committee that will be expected to find up to $1.5 trillion in savings to reduce the nation’s deficit. The White House said Wednesday that President Barack Obama expects the members of the panel to make a serious […]

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